The new CBS drama has a mixed bag of seriousness and humor.
All Rise premiere Monday night and while it may not be original, it has its moments. Combining of shows between Boston Legal meets Judging Amy. All Rise tells stories of lawyers and the first-day o the newly appointed Judge Lola Charmichael (played by Simone Missick), who deals with not only trying to make have a good first day but trying to make her own mark.
Lola deals with her first trial case of a soon-to-be mother for a crime that she believes never did. Lola gives both the prosecutor and the defendant, Emily Lopez (played by Jessica Camacho) a day to get their evidence in order. But the defendant gets a tip about the evidence and even the testimony from the detective that was on the case.
Meanwhile, Mark Callan (played by Wilson Bethel), who’s a bit of a hotshot lawyer and a good friend to Lola; as they had worked together in the past. Mark deals with not only a defendant that is a shoo-in of being guilty of the crime that he has commented. But a judge that plays along with the defendant, who’s representing himself; just to get back at Mark for that hit during their hockey game. It really had the feel of Boston Legal all over it; which wasn’t too say it was bad or even good but enjoyable with a few laughs.
While the pilot wasn’t as strong; it was very enjoyable with good character development and even some really good performances, mainly between Missick and Camacho. I felt that in the pilot that Marg Helgenberger was underused and was on only on to give wisdom and advice to other characters; almost like when FBI added Sela Ward in their first season. Is this series on my must watched list? For right now no, but I want to give the show a fair shot to see where it will go. Overall, I give the episode a 7.9/10.
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You can catch all rise. Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.